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Almost half say Tory funding ‘dodgy and disreputable’

Almost half of the UK regards the funding of the Conservative Party with suspicion compared to 33 per cent for the Labour Party, according to figures from YouGov.

In a survey published today, YouGov reports that 47 per cent of 1,620 adults quizzed on 12 February and 13 February described Tory funding as “dodgy and disreputable”.

In a survey for The Times’ Red Box political newsletter, respondents were asked to choose an answer reflecting the way they believe political parties gather money, choosing between “clean and acceptable”, “dodgy and disreputable”, “neither” or “don’t know”.

The survey showed a third viewed the Labour Party’s funding in a similarly poor light.

The results come after both parties have been put under the spotlight over a string of donors included on a list of 1,100 UK residents investigated by HMRC over suspected tax avoidance.

According to an investigation by the Guardian, the listed individuals include seven donors who have contributed a total of more than £5m to the Conservative Party.

Labour has also reportedly received cash and gifts in kind worth £500,000 from individuals on the list, as well as a loan for £2m.

The YouGov figures also reflect public distrust of both parties, with just 17 per cent describing Labour Party funding as clean, and 12 per cent opting for the same description of the Conservative Party.


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There are 8 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. I am absolutely not suspicious of Labour Party funding. I know with certainty that it comes primarily from the Unions who would dearly love to have the political clout they had in the 70s.

    They know that they can try to regain this power by buying Labour MPs

  2. I think they’ve all got skeletons in their closets. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

  3. Unions represent 7.5m members and are perfectly entitled to sponsor MPs and contribute to poliitcal parties and campaigns. All their contributions have to be publicly accounted for – and they have to have a ballot before they can set up a political campaigning fund. Plus members can opt out of paying the political levy.

    Compared with other funding, it’s the cleanest money in UK politics.

  4. There are clearly many respectable and reputable members in the tory party. In my personal experience, I had a serious matter of fraud and money laundering on a grand scale with a Kleinwort Benson Bank. My Tory MP, The Right ‘Honourable’ Theresa Villiers, pretended to be assisting me, but was not really actually doing anything effective. Then I found out that this offshore bank ‘donated’ M£80,000,000 to the Tory part in 2013 alone, in a questionable manner. When I asked if this could be influencing matters, she abruptly said she was not willing to assist any further. Someone told me that the money is a bribe, and not really a donation. People are getting wise nowadays.

    Anthony Badaloo if Financial Consultant at Church Hill Finance

  5. The survey showed a third viewed the Labour Party’s funding in a similarly poor light.

    Sounds like I might have been polled as I pretty much view them as one and the same. Most of them have never had a real job and increasingly so.

  6. @Anthony

    £80m in one year to one party? Fraud and money laundering? Anthony, I’d suggest that you provide a link to some, any evidence or delete your comment.

    A piece of friendly advice.

  7. I stand corrected Sam. It should read £800,000 in a single year. The numbers get so bit. Anyway, here’s the link

    Bearing in mind, them being offshore and not allowed to make any donations in the forst place. Suffice to say that they were the bankers of Hitler and Bernie Madoff. Notwithstanding, Theresa Villiers was part of the MP expenses/property scandal. Nice bunch to govern us lowly souls.
    We need ethical and respectable standards in these times.
    Anthony Badaloo Principal at Church Hill Finance

  8. @smithy0364 does Ed Balls give all 7.5m of them a receipt?

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